The Believer’s Struggle
February 4, 2014
“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” - 2 Corinthians 7:1
My friend in God’s Word, we find there is a such thing as “perfecting holiness” or becoming mature in holiness. The word perfect in the Greek means “mature,” not sinlessness.
This does not refer to sinless perfection on earth in this life. Saints of God do not want to sin, but sometimes they fall into sin. The proof that they are truly saved is the conviction they experience from the inward working of the Holy Spirit. They confess and forsake the sin and desire to be holy.
Listen to these words of the Apostle Paul. We know that he was truly saved and that he wrote most of the New Testament, but, Paul also struggled.
Romans 7:19-25 – “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.”
My friend, be thankful when you are under the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. It is evidence that you are saved. Yes, you are perfect in your heavenly standing, but not in your earthly state.
Remember to rely on the Holy Spirit when this battle with the flesh is upon you. He will keep you above the world, the flesh and the devil. Be encouraged. One day you will be free from this struggle. This too will pass.
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